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Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2012 - 375ml bottle, label changed to hunched groucho barrel. 10% ABV

Added by caresville on 04-25-2010

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302
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3.82
pDev:
13.87%
 
 
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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes circa 2011 at Tomato and Basil, Fairfield, CT. This was from a NEBCO night where a bunch of their beers were featured.

Pours black with a dense, mocha-colored head. Smells like dark roasted malt and chocolate, similar to a good chocolate biscuit. Very pleasant feel, smooth and comfortably bitter. Taste has a bit of wood and roasted feel up front, with tons of chocolate and caramel malt flavors that are balanced across the palette. The body seems to have a good blend of the bitterness of the darker roasted grains and the sweetness and smoothness of lighter ones. A bit more mellow in grain character than regular trooper, a bit more bitter from the touch of wood flavor. Excellent beer overall, don't miss it if you have a chance to try it.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as can be. Beautiful rusty espresso crema head, poured into a snifter.
Smells of bourbon, wood, hint of dark roasted coffee and vanilla.
The taste is really nice,...a subtle, complex, smooth, layered blend of all that I love in this style. It's not in your face bold. It's as if all these flavors have an equal role in the overall.The balance is amazing. Dark fruit, barely sweet,vanilla ..almost a coconut- vanilla, bourbon, espresso,roasted malt,cocoa,oak, a vinous quality near the end... a nice dry finish , with an aftertaste of vanilla-oak.
The body is a little lighter than the regular ST...carbonation level perfect for this style. This is a brand new fresh as hell bottle...released today...can't wait to see if it gets even better with age...if I can keep myself away from it !

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired at the release and taken from notes. Drank somewhere in the summer.

550ml bottle into a Snifter glass at fridge temp.

A- Pours pitch black with a nice 1 finger brown head that's real creamy looking like a milk shake or foam.

S- Nice roasted dark malts with some sweet chocolate and coffee. A great blend of strong oak and bourbon notes come through that gives off a pretty boozy aroma from the bourbon. Blends really nicely though.

T- Serious roasted with a nice sweet chocolate burnt coffee flavor up front that blends and brings out some wood, oak, and strong bourbon characteristics. Definitely some vanilla in there as well and a slight booziness just like the smell but gives this beer a nice fullness that it needs.

M- Medium bodied with lower carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

SkÅL!

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Photo of caresville
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

purchased bottle directly from brewery only on release date of 4/24. limited release of 700 bottles only.

a- pours an absolute jet black with a tiny little mocha colored foam head. great carbonation and laces beautifully throughout the glass.

s- black coffee at 6am after a long night. its a beautiful thing. hints of bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and brown sugar.

t&m- lots and lots of black coffee. dark chocolate, roasty malts, bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits and hints of teriyaki and soy sauce on the finish.

d- amazing beer that im lucky to have tried. its great drinking fresh right now and i would imagine it tasting great in the future. something to go get and try for sure, great stuff!!

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Photo of Pahn
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Bottle 671 of 1400, 2013 release (however you want to denote it).

Appearance: Careful pour yields an out of control fizzy tan head. Slow rocky dissipation. Not much lacing. Black.

Smell: Dominating aroma of rich coffee-infused toffee, highlights of prune/cherry. Lacks the complexity of a 5.0 bourbon barrel aged RIS, but god damn it smells good. The toffee/nougat/coffee aroma is rich and soft... It's hard to describe but very distinctive and very inviting.

Taste: Roasted malt up front, quickly taken over by the trademark prune/cherry Imperial Stout Trooper dark fruit flavor (what people are tasting as Dr. Pepper? Do they use Special B in IST?), some vanilla oak underneath it all but subdued. Finishes with a touch of that beautiful toffee note from the aroma.

Further in, the rich caramel and toffee bourbon/oak begins to dominate, with the prickly roasted malt and almost pomegranate-like prune/cherry flavor both playing support roles. Slight ashy undercurrent reminiscent of the base beer, but way in the background. Some red winey dark chocolate, but the grocery-list flavors make up a tiny percentage of the flavor compared to the main toffee flavor. Husky, bitter roasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Overcarbonated for my taste, but I *love* the viscous yet slightly creamy feel and the great dry finish. Dial down the carbonation a couple notches and this is the perfect BA RIS mouthfeel for me.

Overall: Real winner from NEBCO. It's like these guys can do no wrong when they go small batch nowadays.

This beer is easily worth the $10 I paid for it. Excellent.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at the 2010 release. Glad to crack one...

A: Amazingly black with a 1 inch milk chocolate head that slowly fades. Leaves beautiful lacing on the glass. Very good.

S: Super roasty creamy bourbon and chocolate covered coffee bean upfront. Beautiful raisin in the middle blended with dark fruit and some sweet malts on the backend. Awesome!

T: Hoppy espresso upfront blended with creamy bourbon. Dark bitter chocolate in the middle with raisin and dark fruit on the backend. Very good. Super roasty brew.

M: Medium body with a nice blend of carbonation. Leaves a very nice stickiness on the palate. Very good.

D: Once you get past the boozy hops, it goes down good.

All in all, this is a very good brew. I'd love to try back to back with a standard IST. I definitely recommend trying this one if you get the opportunity. Great thick BIG stout.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is from the first release at NEBCO. I decided to treat myself tonight.
The beer pours a jet black color with 4 to 5 cm of creamy tan head even with a gentle pour.
The head fades slowly to a very sturdy surface layer and is tightly packed lattice on every sip.
Aroma is dark chocolate malt with heavy bourbon notes. I also get a little bit of dry wooden toothpick hits too.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is sweet malt with brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and rich dark chocolate mixed in for good measure.
No hints of the booze on this one, and it is very easy to drink and could be dangerous. I would recommend buying multiple bottles of this treat next time they come around. Very nice stout profile with lots of good bourbon too.
I enjoy it and wish I had another bottle.

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Photo of muttyd
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pitch black pour with a huge thick tan head that persists throughout. Amazing lacing and super viscus.

S - Roasted malt, smooth sweet vanilla, oak, and leather. Some bitter hop aromas going on to balance the huge malty aroma.

T - Huge malty sweetness dominates the palate. Oak and vanilla characters blend perfectly, but don't take over the classic imperial stout flavor. Alcohol extremely well hidden for what is probably a 9% abv or so beer.

M - Chewy, creamy, and very sticky.

D - Extremely well balanced barrel aged stout. This is how its done people!

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Photo of cavedave
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to steve8robin for this gigantic beer. A great beer for review #200

A billowing head of lather-like, brownish-beige foam climbs past the rim of my tulip, yet stays atop. It slowly descends, leaving puffs of foam on the glass. An opaque, nearly black, thick brew fills the bottom. Probably poured this a bit warm, but the look is incredibly tempting.

The barrel comes into my nose immediately, followed by deep charry notes, dark coffee, bitter chocolate, dark caramel, and some really fragrant herbal bitter. I catch hints of yeast and also some alcohol spice. Very well blended aroma, very pungent and intoxicating.

Finally tasting this as the foam subsides. Woaaahh, a silky liquid touches the tongue and immediately sparks fly to the flavor centers of my brain. It's a very well blended, full flavored taste, and in there are burnt caramel, dark roast malt (very fine malt flavor here), coffee, bitter chocolate, and an herbal bitter that is a slow motion drying factor for an incredibly long finish. The barrel notes are light, hints of oak, vanilla, and even some whiskey flavor are there, but are well balanced and extremely tasty. At this point of age alcohol is nearly missing from the profile. As it nears room temp. some fig and fruit come into the sip. Each sip of this has given me greater enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for this style, despite the thick look, and long finish. It is quite viscous, but less so than five others I can think of easily. Carbonation is just shy of med., but well within style, and the blended flavors are presented cleanly, the finish just dry enough.

Due to the silky, easy sipping character of this delicious beer, and low alcohol presence, I give it a perfect rating in drinkability, can't imagine a beer this size being easier to drink.

Impression: Though it's difficult to acquire, big stout lovers should do what it takes to enjoy this one.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle, unnumbered. Pours a pitch black color with an inch of frothy dark brown head. Some lacing. Great boozey aroma. Hints of chocolate and vanilla along with some roasted malts but they take a backseat to the bourbon. The taste is a nice balance of bourbon and chocolate with some of the roasted malts. Dark cherries and hints of vanilla. Some smoke towards the end. A bit earthy. Booze at the finish. Nice warming alcohol presence, although I am not sure what the ABV is. Slick mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. It was by random luck I got a bottle of this and I'm glad i did. The guys at NebCo did a great job with this one. Well balanced with a good amount of bourbon flavor. Overall, I hope I get to grab more next time to try it with some age on it. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During a visit to the brewery in January I witnessed the barrel that this gem was being aged in glad I've had a chance to try this.

Nice creamy head to this pour the vanilla flavor really comes through along with the roasted malts, mild chocolate, but hey what's this?....there is a nice bit of hoppiness for balance.

The bourbon taste is very slight, kind of curious as to what the ABV is.

Think I'll save the second bottle for Christmas!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(This review is from a fresh bottle that was not infected...I had another about 6 months later and infection had caused the carbonation to be out of control, the taste itself wasn't too different but the mouthfeel definitely had fallen apart. I didn't change any scores in this review to reflect it.)

500ml bottle with awesome gold gel top, poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

Pours black with huge espresso-tan head. Even after a few minutes, this thing isn't going anywhere. Eventually stays at pinky size, has excellent retention and lacing, especially for a barrel-aged beer.

Nose is dominated by light and dark chocolate and roasted malt, very reminiscent of the original Stout Trooper. The bourbon is there, but it's in the background. More booze is in the nose as it warms up however.

Bourbon is more present in the taste, but doesn't take over. If you really want 'bourbon!' screaming in your face you will be disappointed. Milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, a bit of hops, slight bourbon and vanilla. As with the original IST the highlight for me is the chocolate taste, especially nice in the aftertaste. I see the ABV isn't listed but if I had to guess, I'd pin in it at 10 or 10.5%. It is a little hot on the tongue but not in the league of fresh KBS or BCS.

Mouthfeel is a bit spiky on the carbonation, some more thickness would've been nice as well. But overall good. Awesome head adds fluffiness to each sip. Heat is mostly kept on the low side.

Drinkability is good, very easy drinking for a bourbon barrel-aged stout. 500ml is a good size for this, a bomber may have been too much. Worth $15 a bottle? I'm not sure about that.

I will say I'm almost always a fan of regular imperial stouts over bourbon barrel ones. I am also a huge fan of the regular Stout Trooper, which I prefer over this. I'm sure most bourbon stout veterans will see this as a "Lite" version compared to more recognized beers of the style.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark mocha head with slightly lacing in the snifter. Pitch black and viscous pour.

S: Aroma of dark roast coffee, burnt patent malt, sweet bakers chocolate.

T: Flavors of a dark robust imperial stout with some barrel and strong bourbon flavors. The bourbon flavors I picked up are more of the harsh high abv flame throwing variety than a sweet bourbon, which I think has made some people say this tastes like Dr Pepper. Vanilla wood and oak mid taste and slightly dry. I clearly tasted this bourbon after letting the glass come to room temp. The roasted ashy flavors are there as well lending a nice complexity that is there in the standard IST, but this is a completely different beast. Any sweetness is mostly gone with added roasted malt and barrel aged flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is fantastic. Caronation is there, and the body is perfectly smooth and rounded.

O: Overall, very impressed here. Clearly a notch up from the non Bourbon barrel aged stout trooper, which is already a very good beer. I am looking forward to hanging on to some of these for years to come. Well done!

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Photo of MenardMa
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't tried any of the past batches of this, but judging by the mixed reviews they must not have come out quite as good as this most recent one (sold 12/21/13), because this was an excellent beer! Rivals just about any other Bourbon Barrel Stout in my opinion.

It was very rich, and the bourbon comes through nicely without making it too boozy.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium thick viscous black with a slight and quickly disappearing head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel-chocolate, not overpowering in any way. Creamy chocolate flavor, and very very smooth. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled is not the word to describe how I feel being able to finally try this one. For some reason one of the hardest things I have ever tried to acquire. Served chilled and poured into a snifter I was able to finally enjoy this one on 05/20/2010.

The pour was utterly fantastic and easily the best part. As I pry off the thick golden wax concealing the cap, I decant into my chalice. Dark black, rich looking, not as thick as oil, but super rich looking and a full three fingers of chocolate colored head then come up from the bottom of the glass. Enormous looking beer I have to say as the head just drip down the sides of the glass, pushing the envelope as to what I was expecting for sure. Leaving it sit for a few moments really lets it come to life as it falls down to just a soft tan pillow that coats everything it touches.

Aroma is rich, still hot from the barrel there is a noticeable boozy component to it for sure. Rich dark malts, oak, bourbon, vanilla, a hint of something bitter, almost hoppy at times comes through as it warms, interesting notes for sure. Really complex and fills the room as the cocoa and the coffee are now starting to come into their own. Again wonderfully well done and simply impressed beyond words so far with this one. The first sip coats the palate with a rich rush of oak and booziness, takes me back for a moment. Coffee, astringent flavors now come forward. Working my way in I find the vanilla and the smoked, almost peat like flavors I was looking for as well. Again very, very well done. Hints of delicate light hops, bitter chocolate, oak, green, vinous properties floating in and out. A touch of bite, some kind of spiced note, what the hell did they put into this? Sooth finish, rich, creamy, sweet, with a backlash of an almost vanilla bean flavor mixed in and dominant coffee notes. You feel the burn on this one, but I loved sitting back with it over the course of an hour or two.

Overall I thought it was a stunning success. A really well done, and very nicely put together ale of unquestionable goodness. Worth the energy in tracking down for sure. I would have no issue at all with going after this one again, why should I.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Robust black body with ruby highlights presided over by over two fingers of thick, creamy brown foam. Great retention and solid sheets of lacing. Gorgeous stout, plain and simple.

S: Starts out with bourbon, vanilla, and oak notes from the barrel. Licorice, coconut, and chocolate follow close behind. Very woody, sweet, and boozy. Awesome.

T: Like the nose, starts out with bourbon, oak and vanilla. Behind the barrel flavors are intensely roasty notes of chocolate, coffee, and anise. Some dark fruits come through as well, with prunes and figs being especially apparent. Light smoke and heat on the bitter finish. Rich and complex.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, and well carbonated. Great.

D: Delicious, but still fairly young and hot.

Notes: This is just a great barrel-aged stout, and I can't wait to see how it develops over the next couple years. Great job, NEB, and here's to further barrel-aged experiments from this great outfit.

Cheers!

Update: I opened another one of my bottles to share after NotF. It was definitely on the high end of the carbonation spectrum for the style, but a rather careful pour yielded a perfect inch of head over my 4 ounces of barrel-aged deliciousness. While its balance kept it from standing out in any particular way, it was every bit a match for the other big-name stouts that were sampled that night (Darkness '10, Ivan, Abyss '06, etc). Great beer.

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Photo of braugon
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 - Pitch black, oily. Smells exactly as advertised. No real head on this pour.

Taste's fizzier than most ris's but really pleasant and lively. Sticky, sweet. Molasses and vanilla, oak and bourbon.

Hop bitterness before prunes and tannic on the finish.

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Photo of cbutova
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened this baby to celebrate my college graduation, reviewed from notes.

A- Pours pitch black into my snifter with a one finger head that has great retention. A thick coat of fine lace is left at the top of the glass but thins out to no lacing toward the bottom. The suds are sticky and hang up on the glass well. A nice tan coffee colored cloud floats atop the beer for the entire time.

S- Good strength, holds up well throughout drinking. One of the best balanced barrel-aged beer aromas. The oak and bourbon are slight and do not sting the nostrils. Blended in with this is very nice roast coffee, malt and cocoa. Licorice notes makes an appearance as well.

T- A good balance of slight bourbon, oak, roast coffee beans, cocoa and roast malt. The coffee is awesome but the overall flavor feels thin/weak to me. Earthy hops round out the flavor with some licorice as well. I don't have a problem with stouts that don't kick your face in but the laid back flavor feels kind of strange to me with the bourbon aging. It is certainly a lighter barrel aged stout.

MF- Incredibly creamy but the body itself is a bit thin. A tiny bit of warmth from the alcohol and nice low carbonation on the tongue. Needs some thickness but the creaminess saves this one from falling far short.

DB- The thin flavors and mouthfeel are the only drawbacks. It is extremely smooth for a barrel-aged imperial stout and very balanced. The high price was a bit much but these days it is expected. I could really kill a few of these at once but will hold back on the rest of my bottles.

INFECTION: (11/08/10) Popped a bottle that was clearly infected. The infection made the beer incredibly fizzy and almost impossible to pour (3oz spilled out of the glass foaming). The flavor was not hugely affected but the Bourbon was faint and there was a bit of a Belgian/Saison/Brett/straw thing going on. It was not sour in anyway, just way too carbonated and a bit Belgian.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Darkness snifter. The beer pours pitch black, with a two finger light mocha head. The head fades quickly to a small ring around the top of the beer, leaving ample oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is very nice. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit (much more dark fruit than the regular IST from what I recall). The dark rich qualities give way to sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The sweet qualities of the booze and bourbon really balance well in contrast to the roasted qualities of the beer.

The taste is not as good as the smell would have suggested, but still nice. The dark chocolate and roasted coffee are present, but not as strong. The sweet bourbon, vanilla and caramel really dominate the flavor, while the oak comes in at the end and helps to balance everything out and dry out the finish.

The beer is more carbonated than I expected, but it's definitely not overdone. It's complex, and heavy, without being overbearing. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel, and aside from being a bit too sweet the flavors are fairly well balanced. The alcohol sweetness is present, but it adds to the flavors nicely. This is a beer that really benefitted from the barrel, and I can't wait to try it again in a few months.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Perfect black brew, with a modest tan head with good retention.

Unbelievably smooth aroma. Bourbon dominates, but in an extremely approachable way. Chocolate and vanilla follow.

Flavor exactly matches: the barrel takes center stage, but not in a way that it washes away the stout base. Brew loses some of the kick-in-the-teeth roasted bitterness that base IST has, but it compensates with a perfect smoothness.

Super thick feel, among the thickest BA stouts - just a hair shy of BCBS territory. Little alcohol presence.

Extremely smooth brew. Any fan of BBA stouts should be well pleased. You do lose out a bit on IST's bite (think Narwhal vs BBA Narwhal, a very clear parallel IMO), but it's a beautiful and smooth beer.

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Photo of Hamburgers
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012. Bottle #1140. Pours black with thin brown head. Aroma is dried fruit, vanilla, easy on bourbon. Smells like a BBA barley Wine. Flavor is sweet, fruity and again easy on the bourbon. Medium body with good carbonation. Very good. Ready to drink now which is fine cause I am drinking it now....

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Photo of mltobin
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 mL from this past winters release. I poured it into a NEBCO flute.

The appearance is black with a small tan head. Its` nose contains bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. I tip it back for a sip and I taste chocolate, toffee, more of that bourbon, oak and a bit of vanilla. It tastes very nice and warms you up. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty decent a mount of carbonation to it. All things considered, another very good beer from the crew at NEBCO.

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Photo of davey101
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2012 release, 375 ml bottle into a 668 tulip. Bottle #238/1400. Its worth noting the new style label omits the word "Trooper" and is labeled as "Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout". This has been my longest want so I was ecstatic to get this beer. Thanks for the awesome beers Matt, Rob and company!

A - Pours a pitch black body. A two finger head of dark mocha head forms and fades away quickly leaving behind thin edging. A swirl produces some modest lacing with minimal retention but a fingers worth of head does come back to life. Great alcohol legs form and stay for a while.

S - Odd and unique, just as the standard IST is. Starts off with roasted malts and cola. Notes of oak, vanilla, butterscotch, fudge, leather and black pepper. Nice balance between savory and sweet.

T - Very roasty initially. Then comes some coconut and chocolate fudge. Finally the bourbon rounds it out. Vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. I swear there is a subtle touch of Dr. Pepper in here. Its not dark fruit or red wine....its just...something borderline fruity in the background. Noticeable alcohol burn on the finish but its very pleasant if you're a fan of drinking bourbon. Not the most balanced or well integrated flavor profile, but I can't say I've tasted a beer like this. Delicious in all the wrong ways.

M - Medium to light bodied and slightly syrupy. Carbonation is way too high and seems to just jumble around the all the flavors. Rather easy drinking despite the alcohol warmth.

O - A very different BA stout with some faults. The carbonation is way too high and does not work with the flavor profile at all. There is an underlying cola quality to the aroma and flavor. But through it all I love it! Well worth the wait and personal hype.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #631/1400 released in 2013.

A-Black as they come. Light stands no chance. A forceful pour births an impressive inch-high loaf of half-baked biscuit dough. Thick, semi-solid head is light brown in color. Head leaves thick, chubby knots of lacing. Looks awesome.

S-Not as intimidating as I had hoped. Milky sweetness and light bourbon notes. The barrel was not overly generous here. Milk chocolate and flat root beer. Not intensely roasted either. Definitely a different aroma than I was expecting. Not very intense in any area. Has the necessary components but where's the balls?

T-The bourbon is far more enthusiastic here. Coffee and roast is also much more talkative. Blatantly superior to the nose. A bit peppery. Bourbon infused fudge. Vanilla extract. Still, it lacks the power and machismo of all of the upper-echelon Barrel Aged Stouts.

M-When I look at it from a different perspective, this is one of the most easy-imbibing barrel aged brews I have had. Body is still full. Not viscous but incredibly creamy. Lack of huge bourbon flavors leads to easier drinkability.

O/D-At first I was semi-disappointed but once I really started my autopsy of this beer, I began to enjoy it a lot. It is definitely a different take of a style of beer that defines "the bigger the better". I like this beer more and more after every sip. Doesn't stand up to the barrel-agenda legends but it is a very delicious brew nonetheless.

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